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Former employees of the Excellence Academy speaks out

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- A new Monroe charter school is facing strong allegations from former employees.

The allegations include cheating and poor leadership.

John McMahon was a teacher at Excellence Academy, he resigned in the middle of the year.

"They have an attitude of that everyone is out to get them therefore everyone has to stick together," McMahon said.

In December he was assaulted by students while trying to break up a fight. He says the injuries forced him to take time off from work. He says law requires the school to assist in covering his medical expenses, but the school did not.

McMahon also tell KNOE nothing happened to the students involved.

"I explained to Rev. Wright and he said charter schools are exempt from that law. I believe he is incorrect and I believe if he had an expert on his staff he could be corrected," McMahon said.

Other former employees are saying the administration is not fit to lead the school.

Another former employee who wanted to remain anonymous says they were asked to do the unthinkable, "cheat" on standardized testing.

Excellence Academy is chartered through Monroe City Schools, but has its own advisory board.

We talked with Monroe City Schools Superintendent Brent Vidrine.

Vidrine says Excellence Academy's board would need to review the allegations, before Monroe City Schools would get involved in the matter.
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